Moments ago, Jose Aldo was defeated by Max Holloway in their rematch for the UFC Featherweight championship. The second straight loss to Holloway signifies the 3rd loss in four fights as well as a dead-end in the division. This is because there is no realistic way for him to showcase how he has improved his skills by facing fighters who he already beat.
Due to the current state of Jose Aldo’s career, the company should look to book him at lightweight vs. an opponent who is on a prolonged losing streak and will allow him to showcase his fighting style. During his UFC tenure, Aldo has shown a tendency to walk down his opponents in an attempt to get them into striking range. If Jose is successful, he will feint or throw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. When the adversary raises their hands, it gives him an opportunity to use the right leg kick without having to worry about the opponent catching the kick. For instance, during his fight against Ricardo Lamas, Jose feinted or threw the left jab followed by a straight/ overhand right. The strategy forced Lamas to elevate his hands by a couple of inches to shield his face from the punches. As a result, Jose had an open window to throw and land the right leg kick because Lamas’s hands were out of range to catch the kick. Eventually, the strategy helped Jose Aldo pick up a unanimous decision victory over Ricardo Lamas.
Therefore, one can argue that Anthony Pettis is the perfect opponent for Jose Aldo to face in his next fight. During his career, Pettis has developed a pattern of stocking his opponents until he is within striking range. If Pettis is successful, he will repeatedly throw the straight right to get the opponent to raise their hands to block the punches. Once this happens, Pettis begins to target the midsection of his adversaries with a right knee or kick to the area. As a result of Pettis’s fighting style, Jose Aldo doesn’t have to worry about kicks being caught which will allow him to showcase his fighting style. Not only is Anthony Pettis a favorable matchup for Jose Aldo but he is also on a prolonged losing streak. According to Sherdog.com, Anthony Pettis has lost five of his last seven fights in the UFC.
Furthermore, Jose Aldo was previously scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis at UFC 163 because there were no real challenges in the featherweight division. Unfortunately, Pettis was forced to pull out of the fight due to a knee injury he sustained. As a result, the UFC can use their history to showcase how they were scheduled to meet in a super fight, but injuries derailed the opportunity. However, since that moment, their respective careers have taken a nose dive, and now they’re once again in need of each other, but this time it is merely to get their careers back on track.